What Was The Best Track Of 2003?

Feeling nostalgic? So are we. We’ve been celebrating NME.com’s 15 years of life by looking at all the biggest hits since it was born in 1996, which now brings us to 2003.

This was the year that Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ entered our brains – and it hasn’t really left since. It was the top single for NME back in 2003, and it’s still one of her best hits to date (which she proved during her festival slots this past summer)

Have a gander at which other tracks made it into our Top Ten that year:
1. Beyonce – Crazy In Love
2. The White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
3. OutKast – Hey Ya!
4. The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
5. Franz Ferdinand – Darts Of Pleasure
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
7. The Rapture – House Of Jealous Lovers
8. The Strokes – 12:51
9. Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage
10. The Coral – Pass It On

Fortunately, we can look back on this list and not feel too embarassed by our decisions. With The White Stripes, OutKast, The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand clocking into the Top Five, it’s safe to say that 2003 was a pretty good year for music.

And if you care to take a look at the rest of the list, you’ll see it was a rather pop-heavy year, with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Sean Paul and Girls Aloud making appearances, as well as that unbelievably annoying (yet strangely catchy) track from t.A.T.u. Remember them? (Of course you do).

And let’s not forget Johnny Cash’s beautiful Nine Inch Nails cover (at No. 32) or Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ (y’know, back when everyone still liked them). It’s a surprise to see Muse all the way down at No. 40, though.

Personally, I would have loved to see The Dandy Warhols’ ‘We Used To Be Friends’ somewhere in there. And maybe KOL’s ‘Molly’s Chambers’. And where the heck was this bad boy?

So here’s the rest of our list from 2003. What do you think? What was your favourite single from 2003?

11. 50 Cent – In Da Club
12. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
13. Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
14. Panjabi Mc – Mundian To Bach Ke
15. The Ravonettes – That Great Love Sound
16. Blur – Out Of Time
17. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
18. Interpol – Say Hello To The Angels/NYC
19. Tatu – All The Things She Said
20. Super Furry Animals – Golden Retriever
21. !!! – Me And Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard: A True Story
22. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Psychosis Safari
23. The Libertines – Time For Heroes
24. Coldplay – Clocks
25. Kings Of Leon – What I Saw EP
26. Girls Aloud – No Good Advice
27. The Cooper Temple Clause – Promises Promises
28. Elliott Smith – Pretty [Ugly Before]
29. The Sleepy Jackson – Good Dancers
30. 22-20’s – Such A Fool
31. Richard X Feat. Kelis – Finest Dreams
32. Johnny Cash – Hurt
33. The Datsund – Harmonic Generator
34. Queens Of The Stone Age – Go With The Flow
35. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With The Night
36. Kings Of Leon – Holy Roller Novercaine EP
37. The Hidden Cameras – Ban Marriage
38. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
39. Jane’s Addiction – Just Because
40. Muse – Stockholm Syndrome
41. Sean Paul – Like Glue
42. The Cooper Temple Clause – Blind Pilots
43. Queens Of The Stone Age – First It Giveth
44. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Stop
45. ARE Weapons – Hey World
46. The Coral – Don’t Think You’re The First
47. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
48. Hope Of The States – Black Dollar Bills
49. Wayne Wonder – No Letting Go
50. Ambershades – Clap Clap Clap

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